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Cannot open folders on desktop with touchpad or mouse vista

Last response: in Windows XP
February 8, 2011 9:29:53 PM

Hi All Knowing People,
I have turned my laptop on today and cannot open any folders/files/ pics etc on my desktop: neither with mouse or touchpad. Tried searching threads on tinterweb and even lookked into files with d words and nothing strange there either.
I am running on vista on a toshiba satellite-could i have hit a wrong key by accident-sorry not brill at the tech stuff! I can open the above by clicking on "start" and going in that way, but i need to be able to drag some files etc for a works folder i am working on and i dont have a lot of time left....
Sorry if this is a quick fix to someone but i am gradually getting balder by the the minute....!!

Any help appreciated.
February 14, 2011 12:23:15 AM

see if your touch pad is activated
February 14, 2011 10:26:30 AM

both mouse and touchpad work in other applications and am able to open start panel etc and docs up with either, but cannot open (or doube click on) desktop items-folders, pics etc
February 17, 2011 4:44:15 AM

look in file property if there not lock